The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Foundation is dedicated to developing and implementing projects to further the mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics in California. Priority is given to projects undertaken by one or more of the four California AAP chapters: CA Chapter 1–Northern California (48 Counties), CA Chapter 2–Greater Los Angeles (7 Counties), CA Chapter 3– San Diego & Imperial Counties and CA Chapter 4–Orange County.
The Foundation utilizes external funding, including individual donations, to support its projects and accomplish its goals. In recent years, the Foundation has received funds from the California Department of Health Care Services–Immunization Branch, the Centers for Disease Control and the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.
Featured Project: AAP-CA Foundation Supports “Reverse Food Truck” to address food insecurity and nutritional needs for families & individuals in the Sacramento Region
Imagine tasting a blueberry for the first time. Most people probably can’t because we tasted them before our memories started. But what if the first time you tasted a blueberry you were in elementary school and the blueberries were brought in by a health educator to expose you to the foods that were difficult for your family to afford? 33% of the population in Sacramento County lives at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. Unfortunately, many of these individuals live in communities with poor access to fresh affordable produce. Eileen Thomas, Executive Director at River City Food bank, estimates that food banks in Sacramento County could use an additional 15,000 lbs. of food each month to meet the very basic needs of our food insecure community members. Most people are aware of the concept of a food truck.
Thanks to a story on NPR we were introduced to the idea of a “reverse” food truck. The concept is a food truck that accepts donations instead of selling food. The truck will bridge the produce gap and collect fresh food at farmer’s markets and other events. We want to bring awareness of the problem of hunger and lack of access to healthy food while collecting the needed produce and other food items. We want to “produce” change. In the short term, the truck will collect food to meet this gap in what our food banks need and what they have. In the long run, we hope to use the truck to increase awareness, educate our community on health, nutrition, the effects of poverty, and maybe even use the truck for food distribution or urban harvesting. Every dollar of your donation to the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Foundation will be used to support this project! Initially funds will go to getting the service up and running (e.g., buying, outfitting and maintaining the truck, and funding insurance and gas). Once established, we will use donated funds to support ongoing efforts, including promoting the availability of food, buying additional food, and expanding to help as many people as possible.